Fabrication of PEFC membrane based on perfluorinated polymer using quantum beam induced grafting technique

Akihiro Oshima, Yukiko Sato, Fumiya Shiraki, Naohiro Mitani, Kazuki Fujii, Yuji Oshima, Hajime Fujita, Masakazu Washio

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    Abstract

    The performance of a polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEFC) is affected by the interfacial property between the proton exchange membrane (PEM) and the electrodes. Thus, development of well-laminated membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) has been carried out. The hybrid PEM, consisting of perfluoro-sulfonic acid (PFSA) ionomer and sulfonated polystyrene grafted tetrafluoroethylene-co-hexafluoropropylene (sulfonated PS-g-FEP) synthesized by the soft electron beam (soft-EB) induced grafting method, was fabricated by mixing sulfonated PS-g-FEP with PFSA ionomer, which is coated on the interface of the PEM and the electrodes. The obtained hybrid PEM was characterized in terms of water uptake, ion exchange capacity, polarization performance and electrochemical impedance. The ion exchange capacity (IEC) of the hybrid PEM was 1.0-1.2meq/g. The polarization curve and electrochemical impedance of the hybrid PEM was analyzed. As a result, the ionic conductivity was 0.16S/cm and is the highest in the tested PEMs. The maximum power density is about 1.0W/cm2 with low humidity (relative humidity RH: 16%), which is 1.5 times higher than that of commercially available Nafion® 112.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)164-168
    Number of pages5
    JournalRadiation Physics and Chemistry
    Volume80
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011 Feb

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    fuel cells
    electrolytes
    membranes
    fabrication
    polymers
    protons
    sulfonic acid
    electrodes
    humidity
    impedance
    polarization
    assemblies
    ion currents
    radiant flux density
    polystyrene
    ions
    electron beams
    curves
    water

    Keywords

    • EB-grafting
    • EIS
    • Hybrid PEM
    • Sulfonated PS-g-FEP

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Radiation

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    Fabrication of PEFC membrane based on perfluorinated polymer using quantum beam induced grafting technique. / Oshima, Akihiro; Sato, Yukiko; Shiraki, Fumiya; Mitani, Naohiro; Fujii, Kazuki; Oshima, Yuji; Fujita, Hajime; Washio, Masakazu.

    In: Radiation Physics and Chemistry, Vol. 80, No. 2, 02.2011, p. 164-168.

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    Oshima, Akihiro ; Sato, Yukiko ; Shiraki, Fumiya ; Mitani, Naohiro ; Fujii, Kazuki ; Oshima, Yuji ; Fujita, Hajime ; Washio, Masakazu. / Fabrication of PEFC membrane based on perfluorinated polymer using quantum beam induced grafting technique. In: Radiation Physics and Chemistry. 2011 ; Vol. 80, No. 2. pp. 164-168.
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